Perspectives on a global observing system to assess ocean health

Carlos M. Duarte*, Ian Poiner, John Gunn

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Concern over the deterioration of the oceans has generated a demand for a system able to assess ocean health globally, and approaches to assess ocean health globally and an observing system delivering the data to support this assessment are now being developed. In parallel with public health systems, a system to assess ocean health should evaluate the occurrence and severity of a set of syndromes of concern through a series of indicators composed from a parsimonious set of ecosystem essential ocean variables delivered by a coherent and robust observing system. The development of such approach for the global assessment of ocean health will help inform policies acting upon the drivers causing ocean syndromes and help ensure a healthy ocean for all.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number265
Issue numberAUG
StatePublished - Aug 3 2018

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  • Climate change
  • Ecosystem function
  • Global change
  • Observing systems
  • Ocean health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Aquatic Science
  • Oceanography
  • Global and Planetary Change


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